Barry Trotz named Islanders' next coach

Barry Trotz (Getty Images)

Barry Trotz wasn’t without a coaching job for long. 

Just two days after Trotz announced his resignation from the Capitals, he was named Thursday as the new coach of the Islanders. 

His contract is expected to be a five-year deal worth $4 million annually, reports, which would be a significant raise from the reported $1.5 million he was making each season before bonuses in Washington. 

Trotz replaces Doug Weight, who was fired earlier this month by new Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello. 

Trotz, who is coming off a big Stanley Cup win, stepped down from his position with the Capitals after four years with the franchise. Prior to that, he spent the previous 15 seasons as coach of the Predators.

Trotz is one of just four Stanley Cup-winning coaches who did not return to their team after winning the championship over the last 40 years, according to ESPN.

Landing Trotz was only the first step in Lamoriello’s remake, though. Newsday reported the Isles may have “good news” regarding their efforts to re-sign captain John Tavares as well. 

The 27-year-old center has spent his entire career in the organization since being drafted first overall in 2009.